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Kosher Offerings That Shine

Hanukkah begins in three weeks, but we've been working hard for quite some time to meet your holiday needs. Whether you’re looking for seasonal staples or the best organic and gourmet offerings, Whole Foods Market is a one-stop shop for kosher items this holiday season. Hanukkah observers around our offices used to complain about having to lower their standards to partake in traditional dishes. Not anymore! Our grocery buyers have worked hand in hand with our vendor partners to develop kosher products that also meet our strict quality standards, which require no artificial preservatives, colors, flavors, sweeteners or hydrogenated fats. From roasted chestnuts and latkes to matzo meal and Hanukkah gelt, we're proud to work with vendors who provide the highest quality, best-tasting kosher products on the market. Here’s just a sampling of what’s in store for you this year: Potato pancake, whole wheat matzo meal, latkes, natural cake, stuffing and soup mixes from Streit's. Since 1925, when Aron Streit opened his first matzo bakery, Streit’s has been a premiere purveyor of kosher foods. Gluten-free and vegetarian baking mixes from Simply Organic. Their assortment will help you meet the dietary needs of everyone at your holiday table. Organic soups and dishes from Fig Food. 100% plant-based, organic and yes, you guessed it, kosher too. Gefen Chestnuts. These whole chestnuts, roasted and peeled, are excellent for baked goods, stuffings, soups, sides and desserts — or eat them on their own! Elyon Kosher Marshmallows. Yes, you read that right. Kosher marshmallows! Yehuda Matzo Crackers. Pick Lightly Salted or Toasted Onion Gluten-Free Matzo Crackers. Can't decide? Choose both! Whole Trade® Hanukkah Gelt from Divine Chocolate. These responsibly-sourced premium milk chocolates are made with 100% Fair Trade cocoa from a cocoa growers’ cooperative in Ghana. As part of our Whole Trade Guarantee, the farmers receive a premium price on their cocoa beans, in addition to the profits they receive from their ownership of Divine. Organic Concord Grape Juice from Kedem. A family business for eight generations, Kedem is the leading brand of traditional kosher grape juice. 100% pure juice from Concord grapes with no sugar added. Plus, Kedem offers Gefilte Fish too. So Delicious Chocolate Mint Milk. Made from creamy coconut milk, this dairy-free alternative is exclusive to our stores. Select stores will also offer antibiotic-free kosher poultry options from Kosher Valley including fresh and frozen whole young turkeys and chickens, ground turkey and value pack options, which are all certified by the Orthodox Union and the K'hal Adath Jeshurun. And, of course, we have Hanukkah candles. (They're not food, we know, but a holiday essential that you can find at our stores too!) This is just a sampling of the tasty kosher foods we hope will light your way to a tasty holiday. Contact your local Whole Foods Market to find out about their selection, and spend more time with family and less time shopping around town for your holiday must-haves.

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Elliot says …

Please try to offer Kosher Liver Knishes.

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@Elliot Thanks for your suggestion! Since each store does things a little differently, the best way to encourage a product to be offered at your store is to make the recommendation directly to your community Whole Foods Market. The link below will help you identify the contact information for your store and a Team Member there will be happy to chat with you about offering the Kosher Liver Knishes. Again, thanks for the opportunity to serve you and all our Kosher customers better. www.wholefoodsmarket.com/stores

Erica says …

I love the kosher offerings that you do have but wished you sold Greenfield Noodles. They are the best kosher noodles and it stinks that I have to go to another grocery to get them. Please consider selling them!! Greenfield Noodle is out of Detroit, MI.

Debby says …

Happy to see you have kosher products. I would love to see kosher meat too. I shop at TJs for it in Massachusetts too!

muriel tabas says …

Very happy to see the nice selection of Kosher products. I will be shopping in your store in Jenkintown. Thanks.

Debra says …

We love that you have so many kosher products, especially fresh chicken. Any plans to have other kosher meats? We shop at the Wynnewood store in PA.

susan harris says …

in the past you have had hanukkah candles and other hanukkah merchandise at Whole Foods Sugar Land, TX. The Jewish population of Sugar Land is over 10%. This year I have not been able to find Hanukkah candles. Please get them in. Thanks.

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@Susan The best way to start seeing the Hanukkah candles in store again is to reach out to your community Whole Foods Market directly. The link below will take you directly to the contact information for the Sugar Land store and a Team Member there will be glad to chat with you about the availability of your candles. http://wholefoodsmarket.com/stores/sugarland/

Kelly says …

Hey-- other Jews out there-- who eats Matzo and Gefilte fish for (C)han(n)uk(k)a(h)? Good to stock up four months in advance for Passover, I suppose, since it's usually really hard to find Matzo at the right time. Would be a nice gesture to see seasonally-appropriate holiday foods.

karen says …

May be the intentions are goo bad teh idea of offering Matzo and gefilte fish is a little bit culturally incompetent. Hope that next time you can expand to more Hannukah related staples!

karen says …

May be the intentions are good bad the idea of offering Matzo and gefilte fish is a little bit culturally incompetent. Hope that next time you can expand to more Hannukah related staples!

Mark Suss says …

Sir! The product selection you highlite are generic JUNK products! It indicates the person who handles your kosher line doesn't knpw a thing about the kosher customer line or it's needs, It's a joke that this person is responsible for this issue!! Mark

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@Mark Thank you for reaching out. I have passed your frustrations along to our Customer Questions Team and they should be contacting you soon to discuss your concerns. We appreciate the opportunity to continuously serve all of our customers better.

Paige @ Herbal Water says …

You forgot to mention - Ayala's Herbal Water (16oz) is Kosher Certified (by the Orthodox Union) and available at Whole Foods Market stores across the US. Our new 12oz Sparkling Ayala's Herbal Water is also Kosher Certified and coming soon! Happy holidays :)

Wendy Kaplan says …

Have you considered selling Murray's glatt kosher ready cooked chickens? They are presently available at Fairway Supermarket in Plainview, NY. They are quite delicious!

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@Wendy Thank you for suggesting that Whole Foods Market stocks the Murray's Glatt Kosher Ready-cooked Chickens. Because much of the company’s product sourcing is done locally and regionally, I would encourage you to reach out to your local store directly with your request. This flexibility allows every one of our stores to best serve the needs and requests of local shoppers. The link below will help you identify the contact information for your community Whole Foods Market. www.wholefoodsmarket.com/stores

Carol Crolick says …

does your store carry cake meal now - locally I cannot located any till Passover thank you

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@Carol Since each store stocks products a little differently, the best way to get the most accurate information regarding the availability of cake meal is to contact your community Whole Foods Market directly. The link below will help you identify the contact information for your store and a Team Member will be happy to chat with you about this product. www.wholefoodsmarket.com/stores

Denise says …

I also live in Wellington and shop at your store near the mall at Wellington Green. I am always looking for 'healthy' Kosher products and appreciate your having a few of them scattered throughout the store. I wish my local store carried meat other than the occasional packages of chicken quarters. BTW Super Target which is a 5 minute drive down the road carries more Kosher meat & other items than your Wellington store. There is a market for it in this area. Whole Foods are you listening?

SF2OAK says …

Wish our store In Oakland CA had fresh kosher chicken & meat, preferably by a local, organic producer. We have 100,000 Jews in the East Bay, the market is here , wake up WF. TJ 's kicks your a,, in this. Also WF, why not some innovative kosher products- you can keep the jarred gefilte, etc., this is NorCal ferrevinsake!

Reesa Beggs says …

Yaaay! Finally, I am not forced to get my holiday things at the King Soopers on Uintah in Colorado Springs!

Beth says …

Any chance Gluten Free Bakehouse can come up with a gluten free sufganiyot for Hanukkah???? :)

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@Beth This is a great suggestion! The best way to get your suggestion pushed through is to recommend this to your store directly. Since each store does things a little differently, it's best to reach out to them with request/suggestions of this nature. The link below will help you identify the contact information for your community Whole Foods Market. Please let them know that you'd love to see this Hanukkah treat! www.wholefoodsmarket.com/stores

patty says …

Will you make any fresh kosher food for Chanukah at the Paramus store?

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@Patty Since each of our stores does things a little differently, the best way to get the most complete and accurate information regarding the availability of fresh kosher food at the Paramus store is to reach out to them directly. The link below will take you to the contact information for that store and a Team Member there will be happy to chat with you. http://wholefoodsmarket.com/stores/paramus/

tricia says …

Haha...the link below this story says the next story is "Bone Up on Holiday Hams" haha

Diane says …

Thank you !

Shana O. says …

This is terrific! Thank you!

David Skolnick says …

Recently purchased a bakery item (cranberry/orange loaf cake). Said Kosher on side but did not say Pareve or Dairy. This is an issue with people who keep kosher homes. It also does not list the rabbinic agency that certifies the product is kosher. Asked in store, bakery staff did not have an answer. Please advise.

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@David We certainly understand your concern. Since these decisions are made on a Regional level, the best way to make these types of requests and changes is to contact your regional bake house or regional office. The link below will take you to the contact information for all our regions. Thank you for reaching out! http://www.wholefoodsmarket.com/company/regional.php

J. Mark says …

Looking for NY dry salami and good pastrami

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@J.Mark We'd love to get you hooked up with those products. I encourage you to reach out to the Team Members in your community Whole Foods Market Meat Department regarding the right salami and pastrami for you. If you'd like to contact them by phone or email you can identify the contact information for your store through the below link. www.wholefoodsmarket.com/stores

margo traines says …

can my local whole foods, tigard oregon, order organic kosher meat for me.

margo traines says …

Yes, in the portland Oregon,tigard Oregon area we need a supplier of organic kosher meet and just processed products. Thank-you

Nikki - Community Moderator says …

@MARGO - Thanks for your question. Our products vary between store locations so I would suggest reaching out to the Bridgeport location at 503.639.6500 to find out what they have in stock.

JohnFanis says …

I would like to know if you sell Kosher Salami. If so, what brand is it?

Nikki - Community Moderator says …

@JOHNFANIS - Our products vary between regions/store locations. Check with your local store to see what vendors they carry!

Kayla says …

I am excited about The Whole Foods Market that will be opening in Spring, TX saves me time, money and gas from having to drive to the other side of Houston. I am mostly excited about the Kosher Marshmallows =) me and my daughter love marshmallows, but feel guilty when eating the gelatin ones =\

theresa conarello says …

Hi do you carry Yeduda Light whole wheat bran matzos?

Nikki - Community Moderator says …

@THERESA - Our exact product options differ between stores. Check with your local store directly to find out what they have in stock!

ilene paley says …

I need organic kosher 4 Passover Items What do u have? Thank you Ilene Paley

Nikki - Community Moderator says …

@ILENE - Our exact product options will differ between stores. Check with your local store to see what they have in stock!